As NASA releases more and more pictures of the Martian surface taken by the Mars rover “Curiosity,” experts and amateurs alike have pored over the photos in hopes of learning more about the red planet. One man, however, claims that he has spotted the most shocking possible discovery of all while examining the Mars rover pictures: a black, scorpion-like creature wandering the Martian surface.
Scott C. Warring, the founder and editor of the popular UFO site UFO Sightings Daily, says that upon examining one of the photos released by NASA under the name “Sol 1100,” he has spotted what appears to be a living creature with a black exoskeleton, “much like a desert beetle or a scorpion would have.” Warring claims that when the picture is examined closely, the unnamed creature can be seen holding a clawed arm up in the air.
In addition to the scorpion creature, Warring also says that he has identified what appears to be the roof of a building, which he hypothesizes is a hut for small alien women he claims to have spotted in previous pictures.
Life on Mars?
Despite Warring’s insistence that the pictures show obvious signs of life on Mars (which he also claims the government and NASA are attempting to hide from the public), the blurriness of the enhanced photos offered as proof on UFO Sightings Daily can hardly be called definitive evidence of life on the red planet. Nor would Warring’s claims of proving the existence of Martian life be the first time official photos were said to contain proof of alien civilization. The famous “Martian Face,” which was first spotted in 1976 by the Viking 1 Orbiter, was said by some to be an alien monument built on the planet’s surface. NASA, on the other hand, claimed that the “face” was an optical illusion; later images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Global Surveyor revealed the landmark captured in the original photos to be a faceless mountain formation.
Another famous example of “proof” of extraterrestrial life, the “Martian canals,” was also partially the result of an optical illusion. In 1870, the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli spotted what appeared to be long, straight channels in the Martian surface, which he called “canali,” an Italian word for “channels.” Further observation of the Martian surface in early 20th century and beyond proved that the canali were merely a trick of the light, but not before many latched on to the idea that the Martian surface was covered in alien-built aqueducts (the Italian word canali having been erroneously translated into English as “canals,” implying that the channels Schiaparelli claimed to have seen were something that had been constructed, rather than naturally occurring waterways).
While NASA has yet to verify Warring’s claims of identifying alien life, it has announced that Curiosity has found evidence indicating that molecular “building blocks” forming the basis of life can be found in the Martian soil.
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